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"No one has violated anything yet." Harper said his minority government will carefully examine Alberta's proposals before issuing a full response within the next few days. "Obviously as we do our own review of the proposals that Alberta has put out, we're going to want to satisfy ourselves that they're within the Canada Health Act," he said. The principles of the Canada Health Act, which authorizes the federal government to transfer billions of dollars to the provinces, are comprehensiveness, universality, accessibility, portability and public administration. In Quebec, an aide to Health Minister Philippe Couillard said Wednesday the province won't follow Alberta's lead in letting doctors work in both the public and private system. However, Quebec seemed to take a more neutral position on the divisive issue than Ontario. "Health care is a provincial jurisdiction," Isabelle Merizzi said. "The provinces can set out their orientation according to their needs and priorities." Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert said Alberta's proposed reforms are not an option in Saskatchewan. "You will know this province will stand square behind the principals of the Canada Health Act," he told reporters. "This province and its people say very clearly, 'We are not interested in the Americanization of health care in Canada. We're not interested in two−tier systems. We're not interested in systems that allow people who have resources to bump the queues and get ahead.' Our health care needs to be provided to those who have the health care needs, based on your needs and not your ability to pay." −− CanWest News Services



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